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Mechanical Engineer - Federal Salaries of 2014

Pay Rates for "Mechanical Engineer"

How much does a Mechanical Engineer in the federal government get paid? $106,287.18* *Based on the 2014 average.

Mechanical Engineer was the 195th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2014, with 1,176 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology hired the most employees titled Mechanical Engineering, with an average salary of $120,899.

Government Mechanical Engineering jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Mechanical Engineering job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired a Mechanical Engineer

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
National Institute of Standards and Technology 128 $120,898.73
Environmental Protection Agency 95 $121,914.28
Federal Aviation Administration 92 $95,787.47
Bureau of Reclamation 86 $78,997.42
Public Buildings Service 70 $100,226.89
Department of Energy 65 $107,675.34
U.S. Coast Guard 53 $101,775.85
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 49 $112,355.29
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 40 $98,670.90
National Institutes of Health 37 $107,174.65
Food and Drug Administration 36 $105,635.39
Office of the Secretary, Research and Technology 34 $102,809.15
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 34 $132,266.47
Department of State 25 $120,723.04
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 23 $113,849.65
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 22 $109,121.05
Consumer Product Safety Commission 19 $108,843.26
Mine Safety and Health Administration 19 $87,290.58
John F. Kennedy Space Center 18 $93,860.33
John C. Stennis Space Center 15 $97,015.00
Forest Service 15 $85,425.93
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14 $108,306.21
Veterans Health Administration 13 $82,548.38
National Transportation Safety Board 12 $123,416.75
National Park Service 10 $99,553.00
George C. Marshall Space Flight Center 10 $105,307.30
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 10 $103,265.30
Federal Railroad Administration 9 $129,148.44
Maritime Administration 9 $113,481.33
Indian Health Service 9 $91,066.67
Langley Research Center 9 $120,976.00
Federal Bureau of Investigation 9 $120,366.78
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 8 $109,251.38
Federal Acquisition Service 7 $98,580.86
Agricultural Research Service 7 $97,891.83
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 6 $91,341.67
Occupational Safety and Health Administration 5 $107,977.80
U.S. Mint 4 $98,857.50
Goddard Space Flight Center 4 $115,400.75
Federal Emergency Management Agency 3 $108,829.00
Bureau of Land Management 3 $90,164.33
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 3 $88,653.00
Science and Technology Directorate 2 $125,254.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $97,455.00
Geological Survey 2 $95,539.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 2 $119,018.50
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 2 $107,927.50
Customs and Border Protection 2 $112,675.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $112,405.00
Internal Revenue Service 2 $106,969.00
Social Security Administration 2 $109,640.50
National Gallery of Art 2 $115,171.50
Export-Import Bank of the United States 2 $110,388.00
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2 $94,948.50
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 1 $90,906.00
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1 $138,561.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 1 $149,993.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 1 $116,887.00
Bureau of Industry and Security 1 $120,429.00
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 1 $110,509.00
Departmental Administration 1 $138,636.00
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 1 $138,136.00
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 1 $72,267.00
Ames Research Center 1 $139,881.00
Government Printing Office 1 $107,941.00
Indian Affairs 1 $90,344.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $127,962.00

Mechanical Engineer Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $106,287.18. The highest paid Mechanical Engineer made $185,671 in 2014.

Common Mechanical Engineer Payscales

Payscale Number of Mechanical Engineering Employees
GS - General Schedule 878
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 129
FV - Faa Core Compensation Plan 86
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 32
RG - Code For Use By Hhs Only. 15
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not E 8
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 6
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 4
ER - Scientific Engr Pr Per Of Adv Res Pr Ag 3
EG - Consultant (other) 3
ST - Scientific And Professional 2
NN - Nnsa Engineering And Scientific 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1
ET - Pro Dir Of The Adv Res Prj Ag-en 1
SN - Senior Level System 1
SL - Senior Level Positions 1
GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns 1

Starting Paygrade: $33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $143,598.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Mechanical Engineering jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Equal Opportunity AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Agricultural Market ReportingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Patent ExaminingProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Data TranscriberClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Animal ScienceProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15

Average Mechanical Engineering Pay Trend from 2004 to 2019

In 2004, the average pay for a Mechanical Engineer was $85,621. Since then, the average pay has increased to $115,186 in 2019.

Data Sources

The information provided on these pages is sourced from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Enterprise Human Resources Integration (EHRI) dataset. Postal Service data is managed exclusively by the USPS . All information is displayed unmodified and as provided by the source agency.

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The series code of this occupation is 0830.

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